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Neuer would surely appear higher on this list if the Bundesliga was as popular – and by that we mean ‘watched’ – outside Germany as, say, La Liga, Serie A or the Premier League.
The Germany goalkeeper won a domestic and European treble, went four Champions League knockout matches without conceding goals against Juventus and Barcelona, and rarely – if ever – makes a hint of an error.
In his first term at Bayern he broke Oliver Kahn’s record last season by going over 1000 minutes without conceding a goal, and kept a total of 26 clean sheets for club and country last season.
Neuer has come a long way since being abused by Bayern fans angry their club had signed a keeper from Schalke, and for those not blinded by the profiles of Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon, he is quite possibly the best goalkeeper in the world.
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How Eurosport voted
We asked the editorial teams of 10 countries/areas around the Eurosport network to compile their list of the world's 25 best players.
Then we did the sums, Eurovision-style. It's simple: a first-place vote is worth 25 points, second place is 24... all the way down to one point for a 25th-place vote.
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